Analysis

Texas Courts Latest Victim Of Inevitable Ransomware Crush

Law360 (May 11, 2020, 10:32 PM EDT) -- Cybersecurity insiders were not surprised Monday by Texas' state judiciary becoming the latest U.S. institution to be hit by ransomware, while early reports of the attack's limited impact suggest that court officials had prepared for such a scenario.

The attack, which caused the websites for Texas' Supreme Court and its intermediate appeals courts to be shut down, comes as cybercriminals have increasingly held a wide array of state and local institutions hostage in recent years, demanding that victims — from local school boards to entire cities — pay ransoms in cryptocurrency to unlock frozen networks.

"We've seen for quite some time that municipalities and...

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